The Cutrer is an Italian Renaissance residence that was built in 1916 by Blanche Clark Cutrer (only daughter of Clarksdale founder John Clark) and her attorney husband John Wesley Cutrer. It anchors Clarksdale’s historic district and hosts an open house during two of Clarksdale’s well known annual events, the Tennessee Williams Festival and the Juke Joint Festival.
The Cutrer and Tennessee Williams
The showplace residence where the era’s cotton-wealthy “jet-setters” lived with Italian gardeners, French chefs and entertained lavishly with masked balls and house parties, was a site visited frequently by young Tom Williams (“Tennessee”) with his grandfather on parish calls. It is considered to be Tennessee’s “Belle Reve” the lost ancestral home of Blanche and Stella in A Streetcar Named Desire.
Williams most likely came to the Cutrer Mansion on parish calls with his beloved grandfather, Rev. Walter Dakin, who was the rector at nearby St. George’s Episcopal Church. The Cutrers and their home, which they called Belvoir, inspired character names and settings in several more of Tennessee Williams’ plays including The Glass Menagerie, Orpheus Descending and Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.
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Cutrer Events and Weddings
The restored Cutrer is now recognized as the best reception site in the Mississippi Delta. As a wedding destination heralded for its beauty and elegance, it is the number 1 wedding venue in the region. The ballroom at the Cutrer is known as a great space for luncheons, dinners and dancing. With breathtaking landscapes, the Grand Lawn is a featured attraction for outdoor events.
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Today the structure is the centerpiece of the Coahoma County Higher Education Center, a cultural/educational center that offers a wide variety of programs and events to the public. The Center is owned by Coahoma Community College. After heading the list of Mississippi’s 10 Most Endangered Historic Buildings, the Cutrer Mansion has been renovated extensively.